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Duterte says soldiers 'in cahoots' with opposition to oust him

Sep 25, 2018 - 3:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte comments on the supposed 'Red October' ouster plot against him, saying 'nothing will succeed' without the military's help

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the ceremonial turnover of caliber .45 pistols to the personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during his visit to Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Jolo, Sulu on September 24, 2018. Malacañang photo

Linking opposition to Red October plot ‘politicizes the AFP’ – Robredo

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo reminds the Armed Forces of the Philippines that branding critics as criminals was the 'same draconian tactic' imposed during Martial Law

NO OUSTER PLOT. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech during the Mass for Peace held at DLSU during the Martial Law anniversary on September 21, 2018. Photo by OVP

Reds have 'Oplan Talsik’ vs Duterte, says AFP

Sep 24, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The military continues to link communist rebels to a supposed coalition that's out to destabilize the government

TO BE OUSTED? President Rodrigo Duterte and the military continue with trumpeting more ouster claims. Malacañang file photo

Palparan: ‘We’ve got to hate the movement’

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:00 PM

In a 2006 interview with Newsbreak, then Army major general Jovito Palparan talks about the war with communists

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Military vows continued legal support for Palparan

Sep 17, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista says they will 'extend the necessary support' to the retired general and his 2 co-accused

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA flags P10.6-B irregularities in AFP, PNP housing program

Sep 13, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The Commission on Audit hits the National Housing Authority for failing to properly evaluate contractors, which led to the awarding of contracts to companies with limited capacity

Sereno hits Duterte: AFP benefits come from taxpayers, not you

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:41 PM

'No, Mr. President, those allowances and salary increases come not from you. They come from hard-earned taxpayers' money,' says the former chief justice

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sereno tells Duterte: 'Ipinahamak mo ang AFP'

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:14 PM

(UPDATED) 'Ang implikasyon po nito ay napakalalim at nakakabahala,' ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says of the repercussions of President Duterte's order to void the amnesty of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

MEDIA INTERVIEW. Ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses questions from reporters in an interview in the Senate on September 12, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte outburst at military was sign of 'confidence' – Roque

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte's 'seeming incitement is also an expression of confidence' that no one would follow Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's example

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the members of his cabinet following the dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP on standby for Typhoon Mangkhut response

Sep 11, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says soldiers are ready to assist in disaster response efforts and relief operations

Duterte dares AFP: You want another president? Fine

Sep 11, 2018 - 7:05 PM

(UPDATED) President Duterte shows a rare outburst at the military

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to the surviving platoon mates of the late Captain Clinton Capio during his wake visit at the mortuary of the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on January 16, 2017. Capio, a Philippine Military Academy Class 2006, was killed in a clash with the Abu Sayaff members last Thursday. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photos

Stay calm, military tells public

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:34 PM

There has been no unusual movement of military vehicles in the capital, says the armed forces spokesman

Col. Edgar Arevalo, AFP Spokeperson during press conference at Camp Aguinaldo on Tuesday, Sept 4, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[WRAP | Day 6] AFP chief Galvez, Honasan push for rule of law in Trillanes case

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Carlito Galvez Jr and Senator Gregorio Honasan II, both granted amnesty for failed coups, say due process must be followed

AFP chief Galvez tells troops to stay out of politics

Sep 09, 2018 - 7:46 PM

'Our loyalty is to the Constitution. I command the troops to adhere to the rule of law and always obey the chain of command,' says AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr

CA AFP Generals May 29. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Honasan on Trillanes amnesty: AFP must 'enforce, not interpret, laws'

Sep 09, 2018 - 6:40 PM

'Uphold the rule of law and due process,' Senator Gregorio Honasan II tells the military, on the revocation of the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[WRAP | Day 5] Family stands by Trillanes as Duterte slams senator

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:03 AM

(UPDATED) 'Ito na ang silver lining: Nakita ng mga kababayan natin 'yung tunay na mukha ni Duterte,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

STILL AT THE SENATE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV holds a press conference on September 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Don't mess with the military

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:36 PM

To drag your armed forces into this political game is to spook it. And the consequences of that will come in painful increments.

Trillanes: Duterte wooing AFP to use as 'tool for oppression'

Sep 08, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV denies the claims of President Rodrigo Duterte that he is corrupt and that he has done nothing for the military

Press con with Sen. Trillanes on Friday morning, September 7. He then proceeded to a room to meet his supporters.   Photo by Angie de Silva

Corruption in AFP modernization? 'Davao Group' involved, says Trillanes

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:29 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claims that a 'notorious and well-known' retired general acts as the 'conduit' to President Duterte

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces the media on September 7, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

AFP: We are united despite Trillanes amnesty issue

Sep 07, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines continues to stand as one on the amnesty revocation of Senator Antonio Trillanes

Military defers action on Trillanes, waits for SC

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'The DND respects the judicial process and will defer to the decision of the court on the matter,' says the Department of National Defense

NOW UP TO SC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Senate building in Pasay City. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Trillanes: Supreme Court TRO will give military a 'way out'

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Trillanes says it is the only way that the military can get out of the order to arrest him without necessarily defying their commander-in-chief

Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Little-known fact: AFP chief Galvez got amnesty for 1989 failed coup

Sep 07, 2018 - 7:51 AM

The young Lieutenant Carlito Galvez Jr spent years in detention for joining the bloody 1989 coup attempt. He was granted amnesty by former President Fidel Ramos in 1996.

PEACE. AFP Chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr. Photo by PCOO

Military arrest for Trillanes? But penalty is dismissal from service

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:55 PM

‘Why will you reopen a case where the maximum penalty is discharge from service against a person who is already out of the armed forces?’ says Trillanes’ lawyer Rey Robles

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's lawyer Rey Robles and fellow mutineer former Magdalo Representative Ashley Acedillo file a petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court on September 6, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Esperon knows Trillanes quit military before amnesty

Sep 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Four years before the amnesty grant in 2011, the military, under chief of staff Hermogenes Esperon Jr, already recognized the resignation of Antonio Trillanes IV from the Navy

Senate 'militarization'? Senators hit AFP, PNP presence in compound

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto asks why the armed personnel are in the Senate compound when no warrant of arrest has been issued against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Sen Antonio Trillanes holds a press conference saying he will be under the custody of the Senate for now. Arresting CIDG team meanwhile are deployed for a possible arrest. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Military can arrest Trillanes without warrant – DND

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:49 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines can arrest Senator Antonio Trillanes IV with just an arrest order from the provost marshal

OFF THE HOOK? Sen. Trillanes grants interview with the media outside his room in the senate. The senator showed some documents regarding the dismissal of the cases against him. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Disobey Duterte's 'illegal orders,' Alejano asks AFP, PNP

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'I'm reminding them that they are not the private army of this President, they are the army of the people,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

Magdalo Partylist Gary Alejano during the DOJ proposed P21.353-billion budget for 2019 briefing in Congress on Monday, 6, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AFP on revocation of Trillanes' amnesty: 'Just following orders'

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo says the military is exercising its mandate, following President Rodrigo Duterte's proclamation

NO POLITICS. AFP Public Affairs Office chief Colonel Edgard Arevalo. Rappler file photo

PH military asks communities to step up amid spate of bombings

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Security agencies fail to prevent another bombing in Sultan Kudarat in southern Philippines, raising questions about the effectiveness of martial law

KEEPING TRACK. Background images from AFP and Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[OPINION] The sound of the military's silence

Sep 02, 2018 - 9:51 PM

It’s the stacking of retired military officers to top government posts that makes me pause and think

PH military capable of retrieving grounded Navy ship

Sep 01, 2018 - 5:57 PM

'Surface and underwater assessments are being done to come up with the right plan of retrieval,' says AFP Spokesman Colonel Noel Detoyato

GREGORIO RUNS AGROUND. BRP Gregorio del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, runs aground in Palawan on August 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of PAOAFP

AFP creates 3 court martial tribunals

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:48 PM

AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr issues a stern warning against corruption as he reveals that another officer faces jail

MILITARY CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr vows to clean up the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo from Armed Forces of the Philippines Facebook page

Augustus de Villa now heads AFP Health Service Command

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:23 PM

He replaces Leo Torrelavega, who has been relieved of his position to make way for a probe into up to P200 million in anomalous hospital contracts

AUGUSTUS DE VILLA. Image from https://military-medicine.com/almanac/101-philippines-the-republic-of.html

AFP probes up to P200M worth of hospital contracts

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:50 PM

‘We will fix this in one month,’ says AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr. The dismissed AFP Medical Center commander was his classmate at the military academy.

'EXTENSIVE REPORT.' AFP Chief General Carlito Galvez Jr on August 13, 2018, presents the report prepared by the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on the AFP Medical Center. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Military should address 'evolving' security threats – Ex-defense chief

Aug 07, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Former defense secretary Orlando Mercado says there should be 'a lot more effort' to establish good intelligence gathering and sharing among security forces in the Philippines

3 soldiers killed in clash with NPA

Aug 03, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The Philippine National Police in Bicol says there were also casualties on the communist rebels' side during the Friday morning encounter in Cawayan town, Masbate

[OPINION] Loose lips sink ships

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Following the Battle of Marawi, the Armed Forces had enjoyed an immense level of support from the public. A year later, things rapidly went downhill because of the Duterte administration's position on the West Philippine Sea.

Abu Sayyaf behind Basilan van blast

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) The military immediately tags Abu Sayyaf leader Furuji Indama as the one who plotted it

Trillanes seeks to increase combat pay for soldiers

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:44 PM

'The sad reality is that members of the armed forces bear the greatest degree of risk among civil servants,' says ex-Navy man Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

HIGHER PAY. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a Kapihan sa Senado session. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo

AFP to return P192.5-M Maguindanao road project fund

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Some P192.5 million allotted for road projects in Maguindanao under the Pamana program is not utilized by the Armed Forces of the Philippines

PAMANA. Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza (left) and OPAPP Assistant Secretary Yeshter Donn Baccay meet with AFP officials led by 52nd Engineering Brigade commander Brigadier General Dionisio Baudin Jr. (right) on July 10, 2018 to discuss issues on the implementation of PAMANA projects. Photo from OPAPP

Historic visit: PH military welcomes MILF to Camp Aguinaldo

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) At a critical stage of the Bangsamoro peace process, the Philippine military rolls out the red carpet at the headquarters for officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

HISTORIC VISIT. Members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, including high-ranking officials of the Moro Islamoc Liberation Front, pay a courtesy call to Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr on July 12, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Over 6,000 cops, 600 soldiers to secure 2018 SONA

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Authorities say they have not monitored any threats related to President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address on July 23

GUARDED. Thousands of security forces will guard Duterte's third SONA.

Military rejects electronic surveillance limits in draft constitution

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr also rejects a move to delete the provision in the current constitution assigning the military as the ‘protector of the people’

REVIEW. Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says on July 5, 2018, he will create a group that will carefully study the draft by the ConCom for its possible impact on the security sector. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Troops clash with BIFF in Maguindanao town center

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:57 PM

The military says it foiled an attempt of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters to occupy the town hall of Datu Paglas town after a 9-hour operation that included air strikes on Tuesday, July 3

CLASH. Troops clash with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in a Maguindanao town center. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army 33rd Infantry Battalion

Duterte not yet blaming anyone for Samar 'misencounter'

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:35 PM

While President Rodrigo Duterte attributes the mishap to 'Murphy's law,' he wants the Philippine Army to accompany him to the site of the incident as a show of 'camaraderie' for the killed cops

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected barangay captains of Region IV-A (CALABARZON) at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on June 14, 2018, reiterates his call to the barangay officials to protect and serve their constituents. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DND, DILG to probe Samar ‘misencounter’ – Año

Jun 26, 2018 - 1:47 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of National Defense will look into the incident in Villareal, Samar, that left 6 policemen dead

JOINT PROBE. DIL OIC Eduardo Año says the investigation into the Samar misencounter between the military and the police will also determine how to avoid a similar incident from happening. Photo by Darren Langit

6 cops killed, 9 wounded in ‘misencounter' with Army in Samar

Jun 25, 2018 - 8:16 PM

(4th UPDATE) The army is reportedly conducting a 'big operation' in Barangay San Roque, Santa Rita town, when a team of the Samar Provincial Police goes into the area without coordinating

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Airstrikes, clashes between military, ISIS-Maute group in Lanao del Sur towns

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) According to Colonel Romeo Brawner, current reports indicate 5 members of the Maute-ISIS group led by Abu Dar, have been killed. The military is still verifying these reports.